X-Ray Technology Project Scientist

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Sydney, Australia

Job posting number: #7103498 (Ref:cj_84941)

Posted: June 20, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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The Opportunity


  • Bring your experimental skills & knowledge of nuclear/X-ray physics to an exciting role
  • Contribute to enhance CSIRO’s core x-ray technologies and a variety of research projects
  • Join CSIRO Mineral Resources today and help us make a difference!


CSIRO Mineral Resources business unit is currently looking for a motivated project scientist to join the X-ray Technologies Group at our Lucas Heights site!

In this role, you will join a team of scientific experts and industry specialists to work on various research projects that aim to develop and commercialise technologies that enable the assessment of elemental and mineralogical composition of ore in real-time or near real time. You will actively contribute to the progression of two of our core technologies: real time Gamma Activation Analysis (GAA) and real time X-ray imaging and reconstruction. You will bring your experimental skills and experience to develop and test prototype systems, organise experiments, lead technology trials, communicate findings and collaborate with industry partners.

If you’re an early-career researcher specialising in this area, and interested in joining a group of world-class scientists, this will a great opportunity for you!

Your duties will include:

  • Contributing to research and/or technology through the development of original and adapted experimental methods, equipment or software.
  • Applying appropriate existing experimental methods, and assisting in creating new methods to measure elements or minerals using GAA and X-ray imaging.
  • Assisting in running Monte Carlo simulations to test ideas and/or validate experiments.
  • Assisting in organising different facets of experiments, which may include procurement of hardware, set up equipment like X-ray tubes, flat panels and scintillators, use computer programming to run the experiment and data acquisition.
  • Participating in planning projects and accepting responsibility for scheduling and completion of major parts of the project, including evaluation of options, experimental design, data collection and analysis, user and customer research, user experience and/or software design, implementation and delivery.
  • Contributing to the interpretation and communication of research or technological results and may collaborate on drafting presentations to, and/or detailed written reports for, clients and the scientific and/or technology community.


Location: Lucas Heights, NSW

Salary: AU$87K – AU$98K pa + up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified Term of 3 years

Reference: 84941

To be considered you will need:

  • Minimum qualification of a bachelor’s degree with honours, or an equivalent combination of qualifications and work experience, in a relevant field such as (nuclear) physics, physical sciences, or engineering.
  • Demonstrated experimental skills involving X-ray and gamma-ray measurement hardware.
  • Good theoretical understanding of physics concepts particularly in the areas of nuclear and/or X-ray physics.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and independently deliver assigned research project objectives and report outcomes within a specified timeframe.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills, including working constructively with research scientists, engineers, support staff and/or client personnel.
  • Familiarity with Python or other scripting/programming languages.
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake original, creative and innovative research and experiments by generating and pursuing novel ideas & solutions to scientific research problems.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description.


To be eligible to apply for this role, you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

The successful candidate will be required to obtain and maintain an ANSTO security clearance to be allowed to enter CSIRO Lucas Heights site that is located at ANSTO.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

22 June 2022, 11:00pm AEST

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Job posting number:#7103498 (Ref:cj_84941)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:CSIRO
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